Applications of Infrared Free-Electron Lasers: Basic Research on the Dynamics of Molecular Systems

Dana D. Dlott, Michael D. Fayer

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Applications of tunable infrared (IR) picosecond (ps) pulses generated by free-electron lasers (FELs) are considered from several perspectives. The authors discuss the performance specifications required for a successful applications program. They present a real-world example where the superconducting acceleration-pumped FEL at Stanford University was used to perform a complex series of experiments to measure nonlinear and coherent optical transients in an amorphous solid. The authors discuss quantitative experimental considerations that go into deciding whether a particular application is feasible. Finally, they present some selected examples of proposed applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2697-2713
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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